Tel Aviv: A US destroyer destroyed a wave of Houthi drones over the Red Sea on Saturday morning, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced.

CENTCOM said the USS Carney, a guided missile destroyer, "successfully engaged 14 unmanned aerial systems launched as a drone wave from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen," CENTCOM said on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

The tweet added that the drones were determined to be one-way attack drones and that the interception caused no injuries or damage.

CENTCOM did not indicate what the drone wave was targeting.

Since November 9, the Iran-backed Houthis have launched ballistic missiles and aerial drones at Israel. All were intercepted by Israeli or American air defense systems or fell short of their targets.

From bases along the Yemeni coast, Houthi rebels are also able to threaten shipping in the Red Sea as they traverse the Bab el-Mandeb Straits, a narrow maritime chokepoint between the Arabian Peninsula and Africa. The majority of the world's oil passes through the strait from the Indian Ocean towards the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Houthis recently announced that they would target any Israel-bound ship in the Red Sea, regardless of its ownership. They have attacked or harassed a number of ships, including the Galaxy Leader. The cargo ship and its crew of 25 are being held hostage in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah.